Small wineries in jeopardy if HR 5034 bill passes
on 09/09/10 at 9:49 pmBooze News
Many consumers and members of the wine industry are up in arms over pending congressional legislation that supports state control over direct wine-to-consumer shipping because, they say, it would hurt small wineries and raise retail prices.
Ash Mehta, co-owner of Tastes of the Valleys wine bars in Solvang and Pismo Beach, called the House legislation “ridiculous” and “un-American” for winemakers and consumers alike.
The bill would limit smaller wineries’ ability to ship to out-of-state consumers, Mehta said. “Consumers in other states may never see very small production runs, as they’d only be available in California,” where they were produced.